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Your preferred programming environment

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by riddlermarc, 18 May 2006.

  1. riddlermarc

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

    Posts: 2,124

    Location: Basingstoke, UK

    For me it's some 80's thrash on my headphones, a cup of tea to hand and sat somewhere dark to aid the focus.. how do you set yourselves up for a decent coding session?
     
  2. happytechie

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,601

    Location: Surrey

    I'd just come in here expecting an IDE discussion.

    personally, a clear head, sans hangover, a comfy chair and nice big desk, a clear well done object level design. Now I'll need no inturuptions, a constant suply of decent coffee, my cat alseep on my feet keeping my toes warm.. Music is normally from iTunes radio thingy, I like groove salad on soma FM for coding.

    Unfortunately I'm stuck in the office, hacking together some stuff with no time for design and no clear requirements, the coffee's terrible and every time I put my headphones on my manager asks me questions about unrelated topics. My cat's are at home being lonely and this chair makes my back hurt.

    At least I get paid ;)

    HT
     
  3. Burbleflop

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 7 May 2003

    Posts: 4,247

    Location: Away from here

    Room lights off, halogen light on the desk on, leaning back in the chair with the keyboard on my lap, nice cup of black coffee and music (what, depends on my mood) playing.
     
  4. growse

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,139

    Location: Ironing

    I like to be slightly (or fairly) high on sugar, listening to something that's a little hyper. Then I can just go for 4 hours solid and get more done than I would in a couple of days of being normal.

    I get funny looks at work.
     
  5. riddlermarc

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    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

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    Location: Basingstoke, UK

    lol, yeah I realised that just after I hit the submit button :)
    One of the best motivators for coding, IMHO.. that and free tea/coffee here at work. Mind you, having to slum it and reverse-engineer some archaic ASP intranet site I inherited is seriously trying my patience today.. why oh why won't the powers that be let me re-write it in ASP.NET, could have re-written it in half the time it's currently taken me to make the changes ot the current spaghetti ASP code :(
     
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  6. caff

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

    Posts: 3,483

    Location: London

    Being office-based seems utterly ridiculous these days for developers. I'd much rather be home-based and drift out of bed and sit at PC with a nice cuppa to start my day with my music, but then again I'd probably never get anything done.
     
  7. therubble

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Jan 2004

    Posts: 752

    Location: Norfolk

    Sitting at the PC in civvies, can of coke in the hand, with Trance anthems banging out of the headphones. Done a 20 hour stint like that.
     
  8. Dj_Jestar

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 28,940

    Location: Back in East London

    Nice cool office, big clear desk, supportive chair (i.e. not too comfy) I prefer to work at work, not home.. I can't do work at home, it just doesn't happen, far too many distractions and I prefer to keep them very much seperate. :)

    Nice chilled bottle of diet coke, and a decent machine! This POS T21 with old monitor royally sucks.
     
  9. riddlermarc

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

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    Location: Basingstoke, UK

    Strangely, I have found that my productivity is actually higher when I work from home - we can vpn into the corporate network and do everything as if we were in the office. We can also make calls using MS Communicator to anyone else in the company so we don't even have to stump up any phone costs. It should be even better when NTL upgrade us 2mbit users to 4mbit down/400kbit up :)

    I was using a T21 until we got a pallet-load of 43's in.. man, what a breath of fresh air! Mind you, VS2005 still takes a while to load ;)
     
  10. Beepcake

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,851

    Location: Cheshire

    Sat in the La-Z-Boy, half reclined, either beer or red wine next to me and some trashy film/TV on the telly.. maybe throw a few munchies into the mix too :)
     
  11. Dj_Jestar

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    Location: Back in East London

    I have tried working from home, and it's my fault more than anything that it doesn't work out - I simply get distracted far too easily, however when at work I am in "work mode" and tend to get on with things a lot more :)
     
  12. caff

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

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    Location: London

    This sounds good, however I'd probably only work between say 2pm and 2am with this kind of setup :)
     
  13. arty

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,670

    Location: Cambridge

    Proper big imitation leather chair, big clear wooden desk, plants, windows, air and light, Bach and a 20" TFT. At home I'm not far off that; work has a way to go yet ;)

    arty
     
  14. ~J~

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 20 Oct 2003

    Posts: 7,558

    Location: London

    Moby or some MoS music in the background (or Chris Moyles upto 10am), total isolation, office of my own, window open, coffee on tap, shoes off, legs on chair, keyboard on legs.

    That's me done till 17:30.
     
  15. Lithium

    Hitman

    Joined: 29 Oct 2002

    Posts: 807

    on crack cocaine.
     
  16. n3crius

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Aug 2004

    Posts: 2,942

    Location: London, UK.

    well said sir. the correct environment for all programmers!

    seriously though. i started coding in my old bedroom and did it generally right through the nights. chocolate, sarnies, crisps, coke, coffees. nocturnal programming for the teenager.

    now i work in an office environment. i dress fairly smart. i try to smell good. i try to speak clearly.

    but i still consume a hell of a lot of caffeine and i'm surrounded by people that are enthusiastic about technology and software and business, and right now that's what matters for me. so i like this a lot.

    always miss those long eerie nights programming in my room though!
     
  17. robmiller

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 16,522

    Location: London

    Comfy chair, enough Diet Coke to sink an aircraft carrier, non-tiredness, air-conditioning, some nice headphones and some Shostakovich.

    I only have three of these in my current environment :(
     
  18. Caged

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 23,940

    Don't care as long as I can use VS2005 :p
     
  19. Sic

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Nov 2004

    Posts: 15,365

    Location: SO16

    naturally lit (or simulated natural light) room, no background noise, my crappy old office chair, powerbook, mini-fridge full of sprite and water.

    main theme - no distractions, please.
     
  20. Visage

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    Joined: 13 Jan 2005

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    A naturally lit room. Clear design, no deistractions, peace and quiet.

    Dual TFTs - one for documentation, one for the IDE (IDEA IntelliJ, since you ask....)